OKLAHOMA CITY —
For the past few years, the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) have partnered to provide active shooter response training to local law enforcement agencies. This two day training course has been very well received by local police agencies, and over 2,000 law enforcement officers have received this training. Active shooter response training courses will continue to be offered in 2014 and beyond.
The OSSI, working along with Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, has selected the “Mental Health First Aid for Youth” training course to be made available to school teachers, school staff members, and others such as law enforcement officers and public safety officials. This eight hour course introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Office of Homeland Security has hired a program manager for the Oklahoma School Security Institute. The program manager will be responsible for coordinating the OSSI’s statewide efforts to provide quality training and consulting services to all personnel involved in school security. The OSSI’s training efforts will not only focus on schools, but also on other important disciplines such law enforcement, the fire service, emergency medical services, and emergency management.
“The OSSI is a great asset that provides valuable training and information to our schools. The OSSI works with school personnel without mandating their day to day activities. I encourage all schools across the state to take advantage of the OSSI,” said Lt. Governor Lamb.
School districts and school personnel interested in receiving assistance should contact the OSSI by calling (405) 425-7296, or via e-mail at OSSI@dps.state.ok.us.